Travis schools trustees to applaud Vanden High’s top students – Daily Republic

The top students in the Vanden High Class of 2021 will be recognized when Travis School District trustees meet Tuesday.

The valedictorians are Hannah Isabel Bolivar, Gavin Lang, Ainsley Littlefield, Anek Sahota, Jailene Sohal, Kantrakorn Wutthakul, Abigail Young and Jacob Young. The salutatorians are Edrin Miller, Paige Vanpelt and Sara Wolf.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., after a closed session at 5 p.m. during which the board will be updated on anticipated litigation.

Source: Travis schools trustees to applaud Vanden High’s top students

Buckingham students prove selves as vocabulary masters – Daily Republic

Students from Buckingham Charter High School have distinguished themselves across the state and nation as wordsmiths of great renown.

A total of 1.3 million students across North America competed for the past seven months on behalf of their schools to master the most words in Vocabulary.com’s seventh annual Vocabulary Bowl, the company said in a press release.

Students answered 450 million questions, mastered a collective total of 36.6 million words and expanded their lexicons in the classroom and at home, according to the press release.

Source: Buckingham students prove selves as vocabulary masters

Fairfield-Suisun School Board changes protocol for trustee interactions – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Members of the Fairfield-Suisun School Board got off to an energetic start Thursday with a proposal from Trustee Craig Wilson to follow strict rules of order for the session.

Before the approval of the agenda was considered, he proposed to the board a motion to remove all opportunity for board members to ask questions or make commits except to speak in favor or against the motion. It carried on a 6-0 vote with Trustee Ana Petero dissenting.

Wilson said he was unhappy with the past few meetings because of what he perceived as intentional disruptions or at least grandstanding, which he defined as gratuitously speaking to the public but not to the board.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun School Board changes protocol for trustee interactions

ELITE Public Charter to feature sports in 2021-22 – Times-Herald

By Matt O’Donnell

Since Hogan High School closed its doors in 2010, the city of Vallejo has featured four high schools with sports competition — Vallejo, Jesse Bethel, St. Patrick-St. Vincent and North Hills Christian.

A fifth — ELITE Public Charter School — will give local athletes another option starting in the fall.

The Whitney Avenue campus featured classes for the first time in 2020-21. ELITE has about 500 students.

The Eagles will feature competition in six sports — football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and track and field. ELITE will be an independent program in the Sac-Joaquin Section, meaning the school will not be part of any conference.

Source: ELITE Public Charter to feature sports in 2021-22 – Times-Herald

Dixon USD selects Care Solace for enhanced mental healthcare services – The Reporter

Dixon Unified School District is pleased to announce that it has selected Care Solace, an organization determined to streamline mental health care to support behavioral and mental health referrals for our nearly 3,000 students, families and staff members.

Care Solace equips school districts with a web based tools making it easier for students, families and staff to connect with resources and providers in their communities.

“School is more than a place to learn, it’s a place where students come to feel safe and supported. Even with the resources and support provided by our district mental health staff, we see that there’s an unmet need,” Superintendent of Dixon Unified School District Brian Dolan said in a press statement.

Source: Dixon USD selects Care Solace for enhanced mental healthcare services – The Reporter

FSUSD receives $147K grant for homeless children, youth education – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has received a $147,000 grant that, over three years, is expected to improve the district’s early identification, enrollment, attendance, and academic success of children who lack permanent shelter.

The Fairfield-based district, Solano County’s largest with more than 21,500 students across 30 campuses, is one of 73 districts statewide to receive the grant money, the district announced in a press statement earlier this week.

The grant will further support the district’s efforts to make sure students experiencing homelessness have equal access to the same educational opportunities given to all other students, district officials said in the prepared statement.

Source: FSUSD receives $147K grant for homeless children, youth education – The Reporter

Vallejo, Benicia schools aim for in-person instruction in the fall – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

With the end of the school year on the horizon for the Vallejo and Benicia Unified school districts, focus is now starting to switch to the fall and whether or not the new school year will involve only in-person instruction.

Vallejo is moving toward mostly in-person instruction while keeping the option of distance learning, according to Vallejo City Unified School District spokesperson Stephen Nichols.

Nearby school districts have been back to hybrid or some form of in-person instruction for months, but VCUSD returned just recently with 7th grade through high school coming back on April 19 and kindergarten through sixth grade on April 12.

Source: Vallejo, Benicia schools aim for in-person instruction in the fall – Times-Herald

Education for Homeless Children & Youth Grant Awarded to FSUSD – Daily Republic

By Kris Corey

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) is one of seventy-three California school districts awarded the Education for Homeless Children & Youth (EHCY) grant. Over a three-year funding cycle, FSUSD will receive a total of $147,000 to improve early identification, enrollment, attendance, and academic success of youth who are experiencing houselessness.

This grant will further support the district’s efforts to ensure students experiencing houselessness have equal access to the same educational opportunities as provided to all other students. In addition to academic support, the funds will bolster the social-emotional and mental health needs of students and families facing houselessness through targeted case management and holistic family support.

Source: Press Release: Education for Homeless Children & Youth Grant Awarded to Fairfield-Suisun USD

Vallejo High School students to resume in-person instruction Monday – Times-Herald

By Matt O’Donnell

Students at Vallejo High School will resume in-person/hybrid instruction on Monday, the Vallejo City Unified School District confirmed on Saturday.

Due to two positive COVID-19 tests involving students, the school went back to distance learning this week while the campus was deep-cleaned.

“We follow all (Public Health Services California) and (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines, which don’t require any additional screening for the students returning to campus,” said district spokesperson Stephen Nichols in an email. “Of course, those guidelines do require any students who have symptoms to report them. Our process to facilitate that has been working well, and we’ll continue it. We’re returning to in-person/hybrid instruction having been in consultation with Solano County Public Health.”

Source: Vallejo High School students to resume in-person instruction Monday – Times-Herald

Friday Night Live student chapter advocates for teen wellness – The Reporter

Friday Night Live (FNL) student chapters across Solano County are actively engaging their communities in an effort to improve health and wellness for teens. Over 100 youth throughout Solano County participate in a local FNL chapters, working on a variety of projects surrounding substance use prevention and its connection to mental health and wellness, violence prevention, social justice and equity.

The Solano Youth Coalition (SYC) is facilitated by the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) and serves as the umbrella chapter of the Solano FNL programs. SYC meets with local leaders, councils and boards to discuss local policies that effect health and safety for students and to share the work local FNL charters have accomplished throughout the year. Members of SYC met with Solano County Superintendent of Schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson, to highlight their work, discussed topics affecting Solano County students.

Source: Friday Night Live student chapter advocates for teen wellness – The Reporter

Superintendent Estrella-Henderson named Equity Award Honoree – The Reporter

Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson has been named the 2021 Mosaic Award recipient by Touro University California (TUC) and will be honored at the upcoming Virtual Mosaic Celebration on May 13.

The event serves as a recognition opportunity and fundraiser for the university’s diversity scholarship fund. The Mosaic honoree is chosen from the community in recognition of long standing work and service that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.

“Each year during our annual Mosaic Celebration, Touro University California recognizes a community member whose work exemplifies our mission and values,” Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Touro University California, Dr. Sarah Sweitzer said in a press statement. “Lisette Estrella-Henderson’s decades-long commitment of education, leadership, and inclusion to the students and faculty in Solano County match our motto perfectly, ‘To Serve, To Lead, To Teach.’”

Source: Superintendent Estrella-Henderson named Equity Award Honoree – The Reporter